Cyber Security Specialist with Swiss Federal Diploma
Those who register for the federal examination are entitled to a 50% refund, by the Swiss Government, out of the course fee.
At 10 – 12 hours / week
course start dates
(3 Semesters/18 months)
(2 Semesters/12 months)
Knowledge of English is required for the study of technical literature as the first part of federal examination is set exclusively in English.
Information Event: Online
09 March 2021, 12:30 – 13:30 CET
Information Event: Online
23 March 2021, 12:30 – 13:30 CET
Academic Director of Cyber Security Programs at Swiss Cyber Forum
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., CRISC
Executive Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cyber Security Professor, University of Washington
Cyber Security Specialist with Federal Diploma
Cyber Security Specialist mit eidgenössischem Fachausweis
Cyber Security Specialist avec brevet fédéral
Cyber Security Specialist con attestato professionale federale
Who is a Cyber Security Specialist?
Cyber Security Specialists are specialists in the field of cyber security. They typically work in mediumor large-sized private companies and public institutions. Their main tasks are to take preventive measures to protect the organization’s information and communication systems against cyberattacks, and to take corrective action in response to security incidents.
Key Professional Competences
- continuously analyze the cyberspace and anticipate relevant threats to the organization;
- assess system vulnerabilities, identify weaknesses, and ensure that preventive actions are taken to address them;
- monitor the systems within operations and identify relevant security incidents
- search for non-compliances related to an organization’s security policies;
- analyze the cause-effects of security incidents and respond accordingly with corrective / protective measures;
- plan and implement project-related activities in the field of cybersecurity;
- provide technical advice and training to relevant stakeholders;
Typically, Cyber Security Specialists work with other specialists from within the ICT Security Operations Centre (SOC) of a given organisation. The management’s security strategy, the resulting requirements, and the organization’s Information Security Policy, serve as the frame of reference for the work carried out by the Cyber Security Specialists. In order to work as a Cyber Security Specialist, a person must have sound technical expertise, rapid perceptiveness, strong analytical skills, discretion, integrity, a sense of responsibility, stamina, frustration tolerance, strong communication and team skills.
There will be an estimated 3.5 Million open cybersecurity jobs worldwide by 2021.
Highlights of Our Course
Learn anytime anywhere in Switzerland
The next course will start online in May 2020, in the same day, simultaneously throughout Switzerland. You can attend this course while working full time, from anywhere in Switzerland;
Real-world cyber security challenges from industry experts
Pre-hire screening and career coach
Intensive training and security incidents using simulated challenges related to cyber incidents.
The course content is based on the ICT Berufsbildung Competence Framework and highlights the following 4 areas of competence:
- Continuously monitor the development of threats
- Analyze threats and prepare reports on the matter
- Identify and close vulnerabilities
- Use deceptive methods
- Provide technical advice to stakeholders
- Provide training to stakeholders
- Monitor systems during operations
- Analyse and interpret data
- Triage security incidents
- Document security incidents
- Supervise the handling of security incidents
- Take urgent measures
- Secure evidence
- Analyze causes and effects
- Establish and take protective measures
- Support system recovery
- Carry out sub-projects
- Develop and manage security teams
- Delineate system boundaries
- Specify requirements
- Check feasibility and effectiveness
- Estimate and budget workload
- Carry out sub-projects
If you have a different background, please contact us, we will gladly clarify your admission in advance!
Key Facts and Course Fee
Practice cybersecurity skills in real-world scenarios. Prevent, detect, and handle security incidents. Build and manage Security Teams.
English. Knowledge of English is required for the study of technical literature. Knowledge of English is required for the study of technical literature as the first part of the federal examination is set exclusively in English. Regardless if you are living in the German, French, or Italian part of Switzerland, you can enroll in our course.
Swiss Cyber Forum’s Online Campus is excellent for learners, having information clearly laid-out, with different modules, and clear timetables to work on. The lessons will take place in two learning formats:
- Self-paced learning – online total 10–12 hours per week;
- The weekly virtual classroom, which will take place every Thursday (2-semester program) and Wednesday (3-semester program) evening from 16:00 to 20:00.
contribution CHF 6,950
available from 09:00 – 18:00
Address: Sihlstrasse 38, 8001 Zurich
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Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
In order to be able to complete the Cyber Security Specialist course with Federal Diploma, you must have completed an apprenticeship. If you have completed an apprenticeship as a computer scientist, you only need two years, otherwise four years of professional experience in ICT. Good knowledge of system and network technology as well as basic knowledge of IT security are important. These requirements must only be fulfilled at the time of the federal examination. They are specified by the Swiss national ICT Berufsbilding Association. If you do not meet these requirements, attendance is still possible under certain conditions. Please contact us.
May 2021 – 3 Semesters / 18 months course | You can attend the Federal Examination in November 2022
November 2021 – 2 Semesters / 12 months course | You can attend the Federal Examination in November 2022
The Swiss Cyber Academy is a recognized training provider by the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation SBFI.
Swiss Cyber Forum’s Online Campus is excellent for learners, having information clearly laid-out, with different modules, and clear timetables to work on.
The lessons will take place in two learning formats:
- Self-paced learning – online 8–10 hours per week;
- The weekly virtual classroom, which will take place on every Thursday (2-semester program) and Wednesday (3-semester program) evenings from 16:00 to 20:00.
This course consists of four modules. Each module is broken down into manageable units. You should work throughout the components of these units in the order they are presented. A unit represents a meaningful portion of work, where you can work on different key concepts and cyber incident challenges.
Each module also aligns with a specific set of learning outcomes or learning competences. These relate to the specific learning goals you need to achieve for the federal diploma final examination.
Small group discussions
Each module in this course offers different topics for you to discuss with your peers. These take the form of discussions in the class-wide forum and optional.
Each week, you will take part in a live session with your Tutor and classmates. This involves a scenario in which you will learn during the week for specific topics. It is mandatory to participate in the weekly live sessions, which will provide you with an opportunity to engage with the Tutor and ask your questions to your Tutor and peers.
This course is completely online. There is no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your virtual classrooms, lectures, readings and challenges anytime and anywhere via the web or any device.
The course is designed to ensure that you can obtain CompTIA Security+ and CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security certifications after completion the whole study program. These are optional and are not absolutely necessary in connection with the federal final examination.
ICT Security Operations Manager: Operating, monitoring and supporting company-wide security systems; analyzing security-relevant events; initiating and monitoring measures to eliminate threats; monitoring the current threat situation and examining any effects on the company
ICT Security Incident Manager: Leading the process of identifying, managing, recording and analyzing security threats or incidents in real time. Planning of preparatory measures and processes.
Cyber Security Engineer: Checking existing components and identifying security flaws. Preparation of risk assessments and analyses. Troubleshooting errors. Development of new components to improve ICT solutions. Further development of the IT architecture.
The course costs a total of CHF 13’900. After you attend the federal examination, you will be refunded half of the course fee by the Swiss Federal Government, regardless of your result in the exam. Further details can be found on the web page of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SBFI.
The examination fee for the federal diploma will be around CHF 3,200, according to ICT Berufsbildung (May 2019). This fee is invoiced by the examiner and must be paid before the November exam.
Course Fee included:
- Teaching materials and licenses
- Internal examination fees
- Registration fee
Total (before the reimbursement of the federal contribution) – CHF 13’900
Total (after the reimbursement of the federal contribution) – CHF 6’950